Balanced Wellbeing Centre

Dr Marie Anderson & Associates

Suite 1
29 Susan St

Servicing area: Eltham, Greensborough, Research, Diamond Creek, Lower Plenty

Balanced Wellbeing Centre

Counselling, life coaching, stress, anxiety, depression, naturopathy, massage, kinesiology, families, assertiveness, weight management, health behaviour change.

Balanced Wellbeing Centre

Healthy Mind Healthy Body

At Balanced Wellbeing Centre we understand too well how life challenges can leave people feeling rundown, exhausted, and unfulfilled. That's why we are passionate about working with both mind and body to help you create optimum health.

Our team is professionally trained. We work collaboratively to help you regain your vitality and achieve a balanced sense of self.

In addition, the quality of our service is supported by our commitment to the ethical standards of our respective Professional Associations, and is in accord with privacy and other legislative provisions.

See contact and location details above for any inquiries about the Balanced Wellbeing Centre team.


Clinical & Health Psychologist
BBSc (Hons) DHealthPsych MAPS
phone: 0411 319 990

Marie is a Psychologist and Life Coach. She draws on evidence based strategies to treat a range of mental health imbalances including:

  • Anxiety, panic, phobias
  • Assertiveness
  • Coaching
  • Conflict resolution
  • Depression / Pre & post natal depression
  • Eating problems and disorders
  • Health related concerns
  • Life transition & adjustment issues
  • Loss and grief
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours
  • Pain management
  • Parent guidance
  • Rehabilitation/ injury counseling
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem / confidence building
  • Stress management
  • Self-development
  • Social skills
  • Supportive counselling
  • Vocational and career issues
  • Weight management

As a Life Coach

Marie supports her clients to:

  • Challenge their self-limiting beliefs
  • Explore their passions
  • Achieve their personal and vocational goals


Marie has a personal interest in the natural therapies and takes a holistic view of mental health and emotional wellbeing. She has a degree in the Behavioural Sciences (Psychology) with Honours, is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and is a registered Psychologist. She has a long history in human resources, training, occupational rehabilitation, and health psychology at a leading general hospital. Marie completed a Doctorate in Health Psychology at La Trobe University, where she worked as a Psychology Tutor and assisted with the development of an on-line Ethics unit for students. Her doctoral thesis explored the use of motivational strategies to support effective health behaviour change.

Marie has also completed additional training through Deakin University to provide Clinical Psychology Services through Medicare. This means her clients may be eligible for a higher rebate with a GP referral under a Mental Health Care Plan.


Initial consultations with her team entail an exploration of the presenting problem and a comprehensive history taking. Treatment strategies are subsequently discussed and implemented over an agreed number of sessions. They work collaborately with their clients towards achieving balanced wellbeing and a balanced sense of self. They are advocates for striking a balance in all areas as a way forward to attaining a healthy mind and a healthy body.

See contact and location details above for any inquiries about the Balanced Wellbeing Centre team.

The Balanced Wellbeing Centre Psychology team in Eltham includes the following practitioners:



Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, BBSc (Hons) MPsychPhD Assoc.MAPS
Margaret's passion is Neuropsychology, which looks at how our behaviour and the way we think are influenced by our brain. She has a history in neuropsychological rehabilitation, with strong research and diagnostic assessment skills. In particular, she has experience working with stroke patients, people with memory disorders, dementia, and related mood problems.

Margaret finds the relationship between brain function and behaviour fascinating. She is particularly interested on the effects of depression and stress on memory, and how chronic stress affects our health and promotes diseases. Her areas of treatment include:

  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Carer support
  • Depression / Pre & post natal depression
  • Group work
  • Interpersonal problems for the aged
  • Life transition & adjustment issues
  • Loss and grief
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours
  • Phobias
  • Parent guidance
  • Rehabilitation/ brain injury counseling
  • Self-esteem / confidence building
  • Stress management

Adult Assessments

  • Academic performance
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Impairment
  • Intellectual
  • Learning dificulties
  • Memory problems
  • Neuropsychological


Clinical Counsellor, B.A. (Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy), Masters of Counselling, MACA.
Lee has a history of working with clients of all ages. She is trained under the cognitive behavioural therapy model and incorporates client focused and directed therapy in her sessions. She has 5 years experience working at Nillumbik Shire as an 'in home family mentor' and support group facilitator. So, her expertise is in supporting families going through challenging times. She particularly enjoys working with young people including children with social and behavioural issues, and adolescents going through adjustment phases who need guidance and self-esteem building. She also works with couples with the aim to protect the family unit and improve communication skills. Her therapeutic style is strategic focused whereby she hopes to impart strategies to help individuals and families achieve their goals and aspirations. If you, your child, adolescent, or family is experiencing difficulties, then discuss making an appointment with Lee:

  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Behavioural issues
  • Communication skills
  • Couple counselling
  • Depressed mood
  • Family therapy & mentoring
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Self-esteem building
  • Self-harm behaviours
  • Sleeping problems
  • Social difficulties
  • Stress management



Clinical Counsellor, BBA, Master of Social Work, AMHSW. 
Mo is an experienced and fully accredited mental health social worker who provides a caring, non-judgemental space to explore client concerns. He works collaboratively with his clients using a meaning-centred framework to help people find meaning in their lives. He has a history working as a Social Worker at Neami National and more recently at Banyule Community Health as a Mental Health Counsellor. His therapeutic goal is to help clients identify and nurture their strengths, whilst encouraging meaningful relationships and life experiences. He has a special interest in grief, loss, and bereavement, having worked with the terminally ill both professionally and personally. He is trained in CBT, ACT, DBT, Meaning-Centred Therapy, Psycho-Education, and Narrative Therapy. He also has bilingual language skills and can consult Farsi/Dari speaking clients with language barriers. Clients may be eligible for both Medicare and NDIS rebates. Mo also offers concession rates and bulk billing for those experiencing financial hardship. His areas of expertise include: 

  • Adjustment issues
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bilingual in English & Farsi
  • Depressive & other mood disorders
  • Domestic violence
  • Existential & life crises
  • Family conflict
  • Grief & loss
  • Mental health first aid
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Suicide prevention
  • Trauma 


Meditation, Holistic Counsellor, & Crystal Light Bed Therapist 
Nadia’s approach to understanding our mental, physical, and emotional health is holistic. Therapeutically, she considers every aspect of who we are to promote healing. She knows that working holistically gives insight into how our thoughts affect the body and how they affect the way we feel. Her goal is to work together with her clients to bring resolution to these parts of ourself to create inner harmony, vitality, and success in life. She says that, pre-counselling, the crystal light healing is a good place to start because an aim is to process and deeply cleanse the body’s energy systems. She is an advocate for meditation, mindfulness, contemplation, and guided imagery as a way of improving our wellbeing, developing our sense of self, expanding our consciousness, and creating a relaxed, peaceful frame of mind. She is trained in Emotional Freedom Technique, Dissolution & Freedom Technique, Creative Visualisation, Family Constellation, and the work of Byron Katie, who wrote a series of healing books. Nadia’s area of expertise includes: 

  • Compassion building
  • Crystal light healing
  • Guided imagery
  • Inner harmony
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness & contemplation
  • Positive mindset
  • Self-love & acceptance

Vanessa Hawke

Vanessa has been working as a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist since 2007. She works with a range of interventions including: hypnosis, ACT, NLP, Resource Therapy, EFT, complimentary therapies, and is a Quit Cigarettes specialist.
Her journey for helping people began in 2004. She is particularly passionate about supporting people to recover from trauma and coaching people to live a rich, full life. Vanessa offers various programs, such as the Health and Wellbeing Program, which caters to people who are living very stressful lives or who have suffered emotional or physical trauma in their life.

Call Vanessa for a free 10 minute phone consultation to establish whether she can help. Her areas of treatment include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours
  • Quitting cigarettes
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Weight loss


Qualification Details

See contact and location details above for any inquiries about the Balanced Wellbeing Centre team.

Dr. Marie Anderson
Clinical & Health Psychologist
BBSc (Hons) DHealthPsych MAPS

Dr. Margaret Turner
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
BBSc (Hons) MPsychPHD Assoc.MAPS

Katinka Pal-Zimny

Vanessa Hawke

Larissa Lagerewskij
Clinical Psychologist
BA (Hons) MPsych MAPSCClin


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